Cork South West TD, Margaret Murphy O’Mahony has said that the newly announced TAMS II funding will not address the crisis facing tillage farmers, and it falls far short of what is needed to replace the lost income they suffered last year.
“Of course the funding is welcome, but it’s nowhere near enough, and it isn’t focused on what tillage farmers across Cork are struggling with – a massive drop in their annual income.
“What needs to happen now is implement the will of Dáil Éireann which voted for a specific compensation fund for farmers who were affected by last year’s poor harvest conditions to be established.
“Farmers are becoming increasingly frustrated by Minister Creed’s failure to establish a compensation fund for tillage farmers whose crops were destroyed by the heavy rain last summer and autumn. I have been raising this issue for over six months now.
“The delays in rolling out this TAMS scheme has further exacerbated matters, and while I welcome the fact that the details have finally been announced, the €29m funding falls far short of what is needed to get tillage farmers back on their feet. They need additional resources to make up for the massive losses they incurred last year.
“Minister Creed cannot continue to bury his head in the sand. His department is already running a huge underspend for 2016, it is not unreasonable for him to use €5m of this to compensate hard pressed farmers.
“Cork tillage farmers are sick and tired of the Minister dragging his feet on this matter. Small family farmers, across the county, are under serious press and he needs to realise that it’s his job to put in place for a crisis compensation fund,” concluded Murphy O’Mahony.